PAYING YOUR BILLS IS FOR SOCIALISTS  3:32 pm July 20, 2011

Tea Party Nation Sued For Dodging $640,000 Las Vegas Casino Bill

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

they should've gotten bristol.Would you bet over half a million dollars that a few hundred people would be willing to exchange actual currency for the chance to watch defunct hollering person Sharron Angle share makeup tips at a schmaltzy Las Vegas gambling resort? Are you insane? Would you sign a contract to certify you are that insane? If you answered “yes” to these questions, a very tragic congratulations, you are one of the Tea Party Nation’s fiscal responsibility experts now on the hook for $642,144 to said Las Vegas hotel for nixing your Sharron Angle furry sleepover party and failing to pay the contractual cancellation fee. And now they are mysteriously being sued by the hotel!

A comic amount of hubris led organizers to book 1,637 rooms of the hotel, which no one wanted to fill. But they won’t really have to pay, will they? “Defaulting is the responsible thing to do” is basically Tea Party motto, haven’t they heard that?

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

On Monday Venetian Casino Resort, LLC., filed suit against Tea Party Nation Corporation of Franklin, Tenn., alleging the group owes $642,144 for canceling a conservative conclave last year.

The event, which had been scheduled for July 14-18, 2010, was first postponed until October and ultimately canceled.

The Daily Caller reported at the time there was a lack of people willing to pay $399 for a weekend pass or $125 per day to hear speakers such as conservative commentator Laura Ingraham or politician Sharron Angle, who at the time was in the midst of a failed campaign to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Las Vegas.

Clearly they didn’t emphasize the “furry pajama sleepover” part of the program enough. [Las Vegas Review-Journal via TNV]

 
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nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

"Sharron Angle share makeup tips at a schmaltzy Las Vegas gambling resort? "
Angle uses chicken fat for makeup?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Let's send her on an African safari. Film at eleven!

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

she saves the bones for Christine O'Donnell to use in her religious services.

genxr July 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Leftovers from her health plan.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

She drives a Cacklellac

KenLayIsAlive July 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The chootz-pah of that woman.

DahBoner July 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

The make-up is 100% bacon-fat free…

kissawookiee July 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Only until Marcus Bachmann rolls into the room and sweeps it all away for "research" purposes.

zhubajie July 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Isn't this the woman who wanted poor people to pay their bills with chickens? Maybe they pay her with the left over grease!

hagajim July 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Typical of these dipshits….they want everthing but don't want to pay for anything. The're like that asshat everyone knows who constantly "forgets" their wallet and asks you to pick upt he bar tab. FUCKERS!

Sue4466 July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Or the one who bitches about paying taxes while complaining about the potholes in the road and the poor quality of public school buildings.

MissTaken July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Or how the local public transportation agency didn't provide trains with enough cars to get them to their Tea Party rally.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Well, damnit, they're doing us all a favor by taking our country back. I'm appalled that the hotel would have the gumption to expect to be paid, especially considering the service these people are performing for this country.

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Pity the poor local KFC. They were planning on selling at least 4,000 Double Downs during the opening day lunch rush. Now they'll end up laying off a fry cook instead.

starfanglednut July 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Where are teh jerbs!!??

MissusBarry July 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Outstanding analogy. Many upfists.

__kth__ July 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Not all teatards try to get out of their fair share of tabs. But "forgot my wallet" guy is, in my experience, a teatard without exception.

Gomez571 July 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Or bitching about unemployed minorities needing a safety net but never considering hiring a minority worker.
Or bitching about the cost of education and willing to build prisons to house criminals.
Or ……… TeaBigots who don't see anything inconsistent about these positions.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

They must have hit their debt ceiling… and you know how hard it is to raise one of those!

Texan_Bulldog July 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Maybe Sharron was just afraid she'd get mistaken for Wayne Newton & decided to cry off.

I would have paid $399 for a weekend trip to Vegas–I just wouldn't have attended any of the Tea Party crap. I mean unless they put a GPS/tracking device on you, how would they know? Win/win!

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Well, considering that Teabaggers tend to die from exhaustion going outdoors and moving about more than once a year, you might stand out if you walk upright without heavy moaning.

MissusBarry July 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Not using a tray instead of a plate at the all-you-can-eat-buffet would also be a give away.

Rotundo_ July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

BYOT – Bring Your Own Trough…

hollywooddood July 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Now, just a minute there, Mr. Bulldog. I love Wayne Newton.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Can anyone think of a group of Hoveround-riding racists who deserve to sleep with the fishes?
~

HogeyeGrex July 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This sort of thing makes one pine for the days when Vegas was run by the mob old-school style.

Many moons ago, I was offered a collection gig for some "Atlantic City interests." I wouldn't even have had to do any knee breaking, merely inform people of the direness of the situation. I politely declined, as people in that sort of situation have been known to shoot the messenger, and not just figuratively. It was going to pay well, but not that well.

I think I'd cover all the bases in this case just for expenses.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I don't get it, what's their angle?

mereoblivion July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Sharon share alike.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Ingraham We Trust.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Or their Saxon, for that matter?

Crank_Tango July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Saxon their foreheads, or in their mouths, depending on your definition of teabagging.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Crank = Very Urban Dictionary.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Dok = Nappied Hypotenuse.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hip-Hoppenuse

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Obtuse.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

That's a rather oblique reference.

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

but an acute observation.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I saw sleaze.

SorosBot July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Most teabaggers aren't angular, but heavily curved.

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

360 degrees of fat..

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Nice roundhouse.

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Teabaggers–they go full circle.

Negropolis July 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

Surely, it's obtuse.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

The Party of Personal Responsibility strikes again!

HogeyeGrex July 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Yes indeedy. You need to personally take responsibility and clean up all their messes.

Omophagist July 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

In that someone else other than them should take personal responsibility. How about the person at the hotel who actually took the reservation? I mean come on, by 2010 the employee should have known that even if the tea party had filled up all those rooms they still wouldn't have paid their bill. Fire their not-quite-white-enough-ass!

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Can't the Venetian just write the $640K off as a charitable donation? What are tax loopholes for if you can't help your friends?

Jukesgrrl July 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Maybe the Venetian can just ask John Ensign's parents for the money.

OC_Surf_Serf July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Venetian Casino Resort, LLC …….LLC??

Oh I see…only Corporations are to be worshipped…

…and 1637 rooms? What's wrong with 1776? Hmmmm?

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Should have played it safe and only reserved 911 rooms.

ChessieNefercat July 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

It would be funny if the management saw who they were dealing with and rented all 1637 rooms of their 400 room hotel to these idiots.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

They should have freaked out the 'baggers and told them there were 666 rooms available.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Cut, Cap and Run Away.

DahBoner July 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Crash, Slash & Burn

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Fold, Staple and Mutilate.

That one's for the ancianos here.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

The Venetian is going to be surprised when they use their Second Amendment Remedies to settle this matter.

JustPixelz July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I kinda figured the casino would use their bada-bing, bada-boom remedies.

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Headless teabaggers in the desert?

LesBontemps July 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Would be blamed on the messicans, so win!.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Youze all got a nice little political movement here. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.

emmelemm July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I love it.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Nah, not at first. They'll just send over Bachmann's security detail to rough 'em up some and yell, "It's Ross time!"

That'll put the fear o' god in 'em.

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm
starfanglednut July 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

OMG, that link is now bookmarked as a favorite.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I'm sure the 'baggers' excuse will be that they assumed a government grant would take care of everything.

GhostBuggy July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

What? Tea Baggers don't have a clear sense of financial matters, or how money essentially works? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

The only real question is when will the Teatards that have managed to worm into Congress start introducing legislation to deal with "wasteful and runaway abuse of the court system by the far-left hospitality industry."

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Shelly Adelson, the owner of the Venetian is pretty teabaggish himself.

GhostBuggy July 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

That's interesting; here I was, dreaming about a coming Tea Party/mob war in the streets. Oh well.

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

You stiff one casino out of $600K + and that sense of shared purpose goes right out the window.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

They're pretty sneaky creeps, though, given that Politburo-member Steve Wynne himself just let loose on Obama, like the crafty double-agent he truly is.

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-five/index.html

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I'm wondering when they will start arguing that debt is a good thing.

SpurningBeer July 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Just define "usury" for them, and point out that it's haram.

Jukesgrrl July 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Debt is a good thing — as long as it's the rich who are owing the poor.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Well, Michele Bachmann has said on many occasions that she will not vote to raise the debt ceiling because on August 3rd absolutely nothing will happen if it isn't raised. The government will continue to function as normal. Any other story is simply President Obama trying to scare the American public so he can further his Socialist Agenda.

SayItWithWookies July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I'm sure TPN is going to do the proper and lawful thing — declare bankruptcy, dissolve and re-form under a slightly different name.

Hacklebarney July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Tee Parte Nascion?

The correct spelling of the first one was turning some Teatards off anyways.

ChessieNefercat July 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

The others were confused.

FlownOver July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I was thinking more along the lines of Former Hitler Youth

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Teabagger Nation?

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

TPN sounds like a crappy cable network. like UPN meets TNN.

elviouslyqueer July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You forgot the most important bit, namely "Blame the Obama administration and its lousy handling of the economy for making them go bankrupt in the first place."

LesBontemps July 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan?

comrad_darkness July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

People's National Front Party of Tea (of Judea)?

kissawookiee July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Pee Tardy Nation?

OC_Surf_Serf July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

You have a convention with the rooms you have and not the rooms you thought you'd have 'cause there are known knowns and unknown knowns…

oh fuck it, I need a drink…

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

This was lousy planning on the Tea Party's part, as it turns out the Venetian is not hoveround accessible.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Kirsten, if you'd like to use my "the schaden freudes itself" tag, I'm willing to lease it in perpetuity for free.
~

starfanglednut July 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

A schaden freudian slip.

Come here a minute July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

The tree of liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrannical hotels who think you're paying for a bunch of hotel rooms you didn't use even though you gave them the customary 24 hours notice!

Crank_Tango July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Not quite sure I understand why a group that can't fill 1600 hotel rooms in fucking vegas has so much influence over the governance of our entire nation…I get that there are other tea-tribes, but still.

Hacklebarney July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

If you whipped up the anger and resentment of a bunch of old white racists for a few months in an election year you too could influence the governance of our entire nation!!! Of course, first you would have to sell out all your moral and ethical principles, but fuck it, who needs those anyways?

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Then we could use the profits from those sales to help out our struggling billionaires! Genius!

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

That's 'cause it's tough to attend a convention when you are fused to the sofa.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Problem is, since they only had 1600 rooms reserved, the vast multitude decided there was no reason to go. Sleeping in the parking lot in Las Vegas during the middle of July is not a wise decision.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

…butt still

fixed. How do you think they brew their tea?

MissusBarry July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

They just forgot to account for the 44% of their membership whose social security check wouldn't cover the flight + hotel, the 32% who find air travel with a hoverround too stressful, and the 24% that are shut-ins.

Redhead July 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

You forgot the 29% whose Hoveround/overhanging fat rolls won't fit through the aisles in the casino.

MissusBarry July 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

True, true. This is a completely oversimplified breakdown. It'd need countless circles in a Venn diagram to depict the myriad specific traits and their overlap which add up to the basic premise that nearly the entirety of the membership is too poor and/or infirm to make such a trip.

LeAlbatross July 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Or indeed, the metal detectors at the airport.

HogeyeGrex July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

A million upfisties for you.

forgracie July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

It's time to cut up the credit card bitches!

DahBoner July 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

More like cut up the bill for W's meth-fueled credit card spending for eight years…

pinkocommi July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The Tea Party's ideology is not the only thing that is bankrupt, I see.

Barb July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I had my first date with my husband at the Venetian. I saw him in an airport in Phoenix, he walked up to me, I blurted out, "I love you" and he said, "I love you back." We had dinner that night.

BornInATrailer July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

"dinner"

Barb July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Oh, we rutted like weasels all day and then went to dinner. I saw a gal in the restaurant who had the best rack and I told Jeff to look at her. Poor guy, didn't know what the hell to do. He asked, "is this a trick question?" I still point out gals with nice sweater puffs for him.

comrad_darkness July 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

He doesn't see them first, or does he pretend to leave that to you?

jus_wonderin July 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I got in so much trouble for laughing at Dolly Parton on SNL where she/they were making fun of her tatas. EX: The camera kept showing her from directly above and down.

My wife (ex now) was not amused. She was challenged in that area.

This type of event, you might say, is why she is the ex.

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Did he take you for a gondola ride?

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I lead a really sheltered life; "gondola ride"?

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

And….?

WhatTheHeck July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Barb's got “back” – for someone to blurt out “I love you back.”

Yes, I know, corny. But…

the_problem_child July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

How sweet. Any other memorable things happen that day at the Venetian?

Barb July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Yeah, he had a gold fortune cookie delivered that opened up and the fortune read:
"you are my angel and I will always love you" It's in the living room.

DaSandman July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Doesn't matter where you find your baby, just that you do.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Another story brought to you by Neil Clark Warren and eHarmony.

SheriffRoscoe July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Omg it's just like us gay guys, only instead of "I love you" we say "hey what's up"; and instead of "dinner" it's "Variations on a Theme of Sodomy."

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Variations on a Theme of Sodomy

I love that piece! I am particularly fond of the arrangement by Vasellini Strokmeov. It's precious!

SheriffRoscoe July 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I particularly like Variation #4. But holy shit you better have some technique in your left hand.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Eine Kleine Fickemusik

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Die Holedau by Bedrich Smegana.*

*Real first name!

elviouslyqueer July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Now Roscoe, you obviously missed the whole "rutting like weasels" part. See, hets and homos aren't that different, except that we accessorize a damn sight better.

SheriffRoscoe July 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Elvis ol' buddy. I missed it in my haste to "push the envelope" with a reference to buttsecks.

nonbeliever7 July 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

You mean there's homos on this website? I'm sooooo naive.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Just don't make eye contact. It will be all right.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Can I stand over with you?

proudgrampa July 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

"dinner"

My wife and I were co-workers when we started dating. We called it "lunch."

elviouslyqueer July 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm
BaldarTFlagass July 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Erica Jong is Barb!!

nonbeliever7 July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I'm thinking she's really Meg Ryan.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I'm still betting cunning computer simulation.

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Wow … that's just so wild. I'm way too uptight and reserved to be in a similar situation.

I am impressed.

MissusBarry July 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

It's good to read a fucking outstanding, happy story once in a while. =)

pdiddycornchips July 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

That's a great story. I met my wife at a different casino in Vegas. She was visiting with her sister from Israel. We had one date and she flew back home. I sent her a series of desperate letters professing my love (actual letters, this was pre-email).
About six weeks after our first date, I opened my front door one Sunday morning and she was standing there with two suitcases in her hands. I invited her in and she never left. August 11th will be 25 years.

SpurningBeer July 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Mazel tov!

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Your first wife must have been surprised.

Barb July 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

PDiddy! That story is so wonderful and made my heart smile. Thank you!

starfanglednut July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Awww…

Geminisunmars July 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I met my husband at a Passover Seder. You should have seen what we did with the matzo balls.

Sue4466 July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Librul casinos with their gotcha questions like "you gonna pay for that?"

Thurman Munster IV July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Looks like someone went Galt

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

If going Galt means skipping on the check, I've been doing that with hookers for years now.

Geminisunmars July 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Boo on you. You know, it's hard out there for a pimp.

Thurman Munster IV July 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Just ask James O'Keefe

MildMidwesterner July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Venetians are known to demand a pound of flesh….

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Oh, come on, with the heat in Vegas this time of year? Some of those tubbies might have accidentally sweated off some of that excess poundage.

RedneckMuslin July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I thought they were blind.

comptoneffect July 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Well, if you're talking about the average Teabagger then they can afford to lose a pound or even two.

metamarcisf July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

$640 thousand works out to a lot of broken thumbs.

KenLayIsAlive July 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

The should just start at the top of the leadership chain and break their necks until the fine people at the Venetian feel their point has been made.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Except, the point is someone is paying 640,000 bucks. The point will be made when someone coughs up 640K.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

They probably have a vise…

Guppy06 July 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Better to rely on mob goons than to use government-funded police! Free markets!

mavenmaven July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

All these old white people, always thinking that society owes them a debt.

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

oh…the world owes me a livin'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAd0jOuQg8o

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

OMG, Pete Hoekstra just tweeted:

Poor organizers on the hook for six large. This is exactly like the La Década Perdida!!

Trannysurprise July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Chickens for check outs?

PalinPussyPower July 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I KNEW Sharon's bartering system would come in handy for something! Off to gather some livestock and make a donation to the teabaggers.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

We were just outside of Barstow when the cancellation fees began to take hold.

comrad_darkness July 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Old bats swarming in hoverrounds. It was horrible.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Are you ready for that? Checking into a Vegas hotel under a phony name with intent to commit capital fraud and a head full of acid? I sure hope so.

HobbesEvilTwin July 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

nicely played!

HarryButtle July 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

There's nothing like the sight of a Teatard on a Hoverround in the grips of an ether binge.

horsedreamer_1 July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

So, does Silvio Berlusconi file an amicus brief for the plaintiff, or the defense?

Could go either way….

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

If the organizers had thrown in a little bunga-bunga, they never would have been in this situation in the first place.

Sue4466 July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Huh. Apparently the Tea Baggers are right. Tax cuts DO create jobs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/wall-str

elviouslyqueer July 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

"The business of high-end prostitution is enormously profitable," Hynes said.

Is "high-end" a euphemism for "will do anal"? WHY WASN'T I TOLD?

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

How do we know they really were high-end prostitutes? Did they use a whore diamond rating system?

Sue4466 July 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Michelin Stars?

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I don't know but I bet CNN feels really foolish about dumping Eliot Spitzer right now.

SpurningBeer July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

So now some activist liberal judge is going to try to practice some Sharia law on these patriots?

I think the tea-partiers are going to hightail it away from Boston Harbor, slip out of their redskin costumes, and try to blend in with the locals.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Alas, they are the locals.

Maybe just keep their Halloween costumes on and make a dash for the Rez? Oh, wait, that won't work. Those places are chock-a-block full of casinos. Wheels inside Roulette wheels, man.

fuflans July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

you know these nimrods can't fill hotel rooms, show up in pathetically small numbers for events and yet have our entire congress – both sides of the aisle – running to the right, passing ridiculous legislation and taking the global economy hostage.

why is this?

hagajim July 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Cause our Congress is filled with nimwits.

OneDollarJuana July 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

They provide cover for the constant enriching and empowering of the oligarchs.

WhatTheHeck July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

They’ve got guns. Lots of guns.

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

What are you implying? That the Tea Party is based on shallow catchphrases and cheap infotainment and not a deep intellectual commitment to a coherent and logical framework to effectively run the country?

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Because not enough people in the position to do it, will tell them to STFU.

HogeyeGrex July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Because they are the symptom rather than the cause. Our Congressfucks are runing to the right because that's where the sweet, sweet money comes from. The Teaturds are simply cover. There could be three of them for all the media gives a shit.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

And Congress walked into a media shooting gallery with the Health Care "Town Hall Meetings." All nicely scheduled so the local TV crew could get there, and nobody stood up to them and said, what the fuck are you talking about? They probably STILL don't understand that Medicare is a government program…

Rotundo_ July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

They're sponsored by Koch. If these were "real" activist groups the repub's would yawn, mutter "Send me a check, I'll give a fuck when it clears." and go off to the links.

SmutBoffin July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Can't decide which I have less regard for: 'Baggers or Vegas.

OneDollarJuana July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Or Pintos, too, for that matters.

elviouslyqueer July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

It's not the first time Tea Party Nation ran into problems hosting an event. After charging up to $549 to attend a February 2010 event that included a speech by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, some in the tea party political movement accused the for-profit Tea Party Nation of leveraging conservative enthusiasm for monetary gain.

When the October event in Las Vegas was canceled, some Nevada conservatives were relieved. "They were kind of opportunistic," Frank Ricotta, vice chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and a former state director of Nevada Patriots, said at the time. Debbie Landis, the head of Action is Brewing, a Northern Nevada tea party group, told the Review-Journal the cancellation was "the best news I've heard all day."

Hand out the AK-47s, boys and girls. It's circular firing squad time!

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

You know what would be even more fun to watch?

Ditch the guns and go with Scottish Rules.

It's stabby time!

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Oh – they'll be wearing kilts? Invite James O'Keefe!

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

And McReilly of Clan Loofah!

Radiotherapy® July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

It's like the Hangover III except it's a bunch of humorless. boring, hoverounds with tri-corner hats.

fuflans July 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

to be fair, i wouldn't pay $399 to listen to Laura Ingraham.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

How about to buy a needle, thread and access to her lips?

Billmatic July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Sounds like they bet the plantation.

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Allen West approves this message.

LettucePrey July 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

The 'baggers probably canceled because the Venetian didn't have enough outlets for the fleet of Hoverounds and a tyrannical/muslin/socialist/fascist 'No Burning in Effigy' policy. Also.

V572 Hair of Destiny July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The bitches set them up!

But seriously: I'd pay $399 to escape from listening to Rose of Sharron and Ingraham, the Poor Man's Ann Coulter, only more screechy.

And OT: Trapped in the most exquisite torture device in aviation (the Boeing 757) I watched Andrea Mitchell interview Wasserman-Schultz about that dipshit's screed against her. She said something like, "Well, he's forced by his party to support wildly unpopular policies, so it's now wonder he lost it." So gracious!

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

This is nothing. Just wait until all the male prostitutes they had to reserve start demanding their payment!

Hacklebarney July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This is actually keeping in step with their debt ceiling and fiscal stance in general. We can make fiscal promises and then when it comes time to actually pay up simply pretend that it is not necessary and there will be no consequences if we default.

So if the Vanetian can sue the Tea Party, can we as Americans sue the Tea Party too when they block the debt ceiling compromise in the House? Same concept I think.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Beautiful clarity, but it injects an issue of personal responsibility into the proceedings, which is probably illegal.

OneYieldRegular July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

As a strict contractualist who stands on principle against activist interpretations of contracts, I must simply conclude: You the People must pay.

MissTaken July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The Teabaggers should have known this was the wrong locale for their shindig. Everyone knows that hoverounds don't float in the Venetian Canals.

kissawookiee July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Even when fused to a 400-lb collection of fat rolls? I hear that shizz is pretty buoyant.

Barrelhse July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

You can't sue us- we're PATRIOTS!!1!

x111e7thst July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Never having to pay your bill: it's the fiscally responsible thing to do.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

That's the hand that Agent Orange and Cantor are playing.

DahBoner July 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Priceless!

SorosBot July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Isn't Vegas run by, you know, Italian legitimate businessmen? The Tea Party Nation is lucky they aren't facing worse than a law suit – yet.

Callyson July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

The Venetian and Palazzo resorts are owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp., and regularly host conservative political events. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson is a major Republican political donor.
Though I guess he didn't want to donate to the tune of half a mill, plus interest…
According to a contract attached to the complaint, the reservation included an agreement by Tea Party Nation to pay the resort $579,148 in the event of a cancellation, of which the resort alleges the group still owes $554,148. An 18 percent interest charge added $87,996 to the amount the resort wants to collect.
18% interest? That's as bad as the credit card companies. Better read the contract next time, teabaggers…

MissTaken July 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I'm honestly surprised the teabaggers didn't get the same interest free $500k loan like Gingrich got from Tiffany's.

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Sheldon will tell Tea Party Nation that it's not political – ‪it's only business..

genxr July 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Too bad they don't have some kind of consumer credit protection beurau that could protect them from this.

Jukesgrrl July 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

FTW!

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Yeah, I'll bet Shelly Adelson is all about The Cause, until someone owes him some money.
Joe Pesci will be paying someone a house call.

Pragmatist2 July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

You had me until the word "read."

donner_froh July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

These are the assholes who are insisting on a balanced budget amendment to raise the debt ceiling–they really know how to handle money.

WhatTheHeck July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Shouldn’t one of the two queens of the Tea Partiers step in and pay off this debt?

nounverb911 July 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Lindsey Graham or Marcus Bachmannn?

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Dick Armey or Roger Ailes?

Negropolis July 21, 2011 at 2:20 am

The two Koch Bros.?

DaSandman July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Well this high finance is difficult when you read at a 3rd grade level and can only do "figurin" to 21

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

And that's only if you can take your shoes off.

JustPixelz July 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Just like a typical family, the Tea Party Nation has to balance its budget. If there isn't enough money to pay the bills, they tighten their belts to make ends meet. And if Dad runs up a $640,000 bill at the casino, that family dips into their children's college fund. "We'll pay it back when this is over," they promise. Then Mom takes a part time job to bring in some more "revenue". While at work she becomes close friends with a co-worker. She starts looking forward to work more than evenings with Dad. Eventually there's an argument and some tears. The house gets sold, but there isn't enough to pay for college.

genxr July 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Dad does some of his best thinking at the casino. He'll figure it out, and come right back home.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I disagree with your assessment of Mom getting a job to increase revenue. Tea Bagger Economics mandate that not only does Mom not work, but Dad quits his job and gets a job at the McDonald Drive Up window, part time. Because everyone knows that less revenue equals fiscal responsibility.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

That's such a beautiful story with a real message for our times. I don't mind admitting that it brought tears to these old eyes, as well.

SheriffRoscoe July 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Let me try to explain it to the teabaggers. It's like promising to put an engagement ring on the invisible hand of the free market, then reneging. Then the invisible hand slaps you across the face.

Ruhe July 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

It's not an engagement ring, it's a "promise ring" which everybody knows is a ring to demonstrate that you've made a promise not to do something. The teabaggers are simply honoring the promise they've made to themselves to not allow themselves to be diddled by the invisible hand until the hand makes it official and marries them and here "marry" is a metaphor for a tax code that somehow protects the interests of the rich and big business while still managing to fund free hoverounds. And that is what you call American Exceptionalism.

Tundra Grifter July 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

What could possibly lead the Venetian to believe these tea baggers could settle up for $642, let alone $642,144.

I'm betting Tea Party Nation is judgment proof – on both levels.

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

do they still make very large airline passengers purchase two seats? for the rare teabagger who'd get in a plane. plus the scooter costs…

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

No new taxes on the Blob Creators!

CrunchyKnee July 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

And Venetian Casino Resort, LLC went through all the trouble of retrofitting their entry ways to handle wide load Hoverounds and Rascals.

fuflans July 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

ok this is off topic (kinda) but IF NPR LEADS WITH ANOTHER FUCKING STORY ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING I AM GOING TO GO POSTAL.

(or whatever the kids are saying these days)

jus_wonderin July 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Did you hear this is the last flight of the Shuttle? I heard that on NPR.

4TheTurnstiles July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Cash goes in, cash goes out. Can't explain it.

ManchuCandidate July 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I guess we'll see a rash of Rascal Bombs and guys in tricorner hats with crushed skulls in vices.

MissTaken July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I now see why these Teabaggers truly believe that default on August 2 isn't such a big deal:

"See we's done ran up a bill at that fancy Vegas motel with that Eye-tallian name and when the casino man came a-lookin for payment we just didn't do it! No biggie! So if them Red Chinamen come a-lookin for payment we just won't do it, neither! No biggie!"

Schmegeg July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

They should have booked Wild Wild West or some other shithole. These asswipes could never afford the Venetian.

HistoriCat July 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

The Westward Ho is the place for discerning low rollers.

emmelemm July 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

That was my first thought. Venetian is pretty fancy for real 'Murricans, no?

Steverino247 July 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Sharon Angle?! You making me crush your fucking skull over Sharon Angle?

hollywooddood July 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

They should follow Sharron Angle's advice to women who become pregnant as a result of rape and make lemonade.

littlebigdaddy July 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I figure they're more the Laughlin type of crowd.

genxr July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I thought they'd prefer Charlie's Casino with the nickle slots and $1.99 steak and eggs.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Doesn't Von's still have slots?

Buzz Feedback July 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Send the bill to China.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

If they did that wouldn't there be Hal to pay?

Jughead2130 July 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Well it's the "Free Market" baby. There ain't no guvment reglations to keep business from doing this kind of thing just like you want it. You signed the contract so pay the fuck up!

prommie July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Wherever it is that two or more teabaggers gather together, there will be a clusterfuck.

SheriffRoscoe July 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I see what you did there.

fartknocker July 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

According to my HP-41 calculator, that's $392.27 for 3 nights or $130.76/night. That's not a bad rate, but the hidden fees would easily push that to $155-160/night. Hell, I can stay at the Mandalay Bay for half the price, rent an air conditioned car, and watch all the old figs on their hover-rounds.

These Teatards are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Fox n Fiends July 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Time to hit one of those Payday loan places that the Baggers so ardently support.

jus_wonderin July 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

OT: How did Lizzy's audition go? I hope she got the part!!!

JackObin July 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Just one more reason to stay away from the hideous Las Vegas. It is nothing but a magnet for blimps and loons.

SilverTsunami July 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

When I'm faced with tough financial decisions, I ask myself, "What would the Tea Party Nation do?" Then I answer, "They'd default on the bill, dine 'n'dash, load up the car at midnight and sneak out owing four months' rent. . ." and then the solution is miraculously clear.

jus_wonderin July 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I doubt they own a towel they actually purchased.

Pragmatist2 July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Let me see: If the way to get rid of the national debt is to cut taxes, then the way for the Tea Party to pay this bill is to cut their donations. Have I got that right?

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

A few of them may have to quit their jobs, too. That's a lot of money.

GOPCrusher July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

A simple leap of logic would tell these people that if they couldn't get people to go to Las Vegas for their TeaTard-a-Thon, and their rallies result in tens of people showing up, then perhaps they should quit standing on the floor of the House and screaming that they speak for the American Public.

imissopus July 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

And so the Invisible Hand bitch-slaps another bunch of Tea Party idiots.

Jukesgrrl July 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Isn't not owing money one of the primary tenets of Sharia Law? No wonder they hate it so much.

owhatever July 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Another tempest in the tea pot. The bill will be paid because these great Americans believe in paying their bills, honoring contracts and keeping their word. Somehow, they must blame it on Obama.

gvvt July 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

It's that dang Sharia. It looks like Nevada didn't outlaw it.

genxr July 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Note to teatards: Just because the casino owner shares your political views and was all friendly-like when you were making the reservation, doesn't mean he'll let you you can run up a line of credit and walk away.

Warpde July 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Now that would explain their saying fuck the dept limit.

mormos July 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

*deep breath*

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

zhubajie July 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

So am I right in suspecting the Venetian Casino has Mafia connections? What happens when you can't pay your bills to the Mob?

comrad_darkness July 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Worse yet it has Republican donor connections. They take it out on your kids by replacing the teachers with Oral Robert's U Drop outs and feeding them school lunches that only serve crisco covered in corn syrup.

Barrelhse July 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Sharron Angle has the nicest teeth I ever came across.

ttommyunger July 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Here's hoping that this trail ultimately leads back to "Dickless" Dick Armey; this assclown is famous for talking through his nose and breathing through his mouth. I would love to see him on the wrong side of a Mafia beef.

Negropolis July 21, 2011 at 1:59 am

Personal and Fiscal Responsibility is for suckers.

I hpe they realize that the mob still owns Vegas, though. You don't short a Vegas casino anything and get away with it without yoour hands being broken.

Negropolis July 21, 2011 at 2:03 am

who at the time was in the midst of a failed campaign to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Isn't that just the strangest wording you've ever laid eyes on?

carlgt1 July 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

kepe yur govummint hands offen my defecet spendin'!

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

That's right!.

the_problem_child July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Bagging on your hotel reservations fits the definition, I think.

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

the saw wave has been referred to as the "castle rim function".

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Your rap name: Pi Thuggerous

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Let me get this straight. So that would make you "Arch Enemides" with your pioneering new style called, "Ramanujam."

poncho_pilot July 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

don't…don't…don't believe the hypotenuse.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Careful Dr. Owl. Yer getting close to bringing in that muslin lovin' Al Gebra

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I heard Al Gebra had a problem in high school because he couldn't pass calculus.
Christ, these are getting dorky.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

In a Blaise of glory.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Bring it on! Aryabhatta than me? Huh??

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Euclidding me!

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Exponentially Khayyám.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

There's no poincare in listening to you.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

This isn't about West Virginia so keep that incestuous relativity out of it.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I don't know anything about theorems, Fermat's not my major.

weejee July 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Many don't know that Yogi Berra is famous for his rhetorical fractals known as Mandelbrots.

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

That's a fibonacci.

Doktor Zoom July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

A fibbin' Nazi?

#recycledwonkettecontent

smokefilleddoommate July 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Wha? That's Newton me..

Rotundo_ July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm

God that one made me think of the Firesign Theatre's "Air Force training film: Avoid eye contact, if the alien has no eyes, drop below the seat of your plane…

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Those were Manglebrots.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I really Cantor put up with much more of this.

user-of-owls July 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Phew! I can breathe again!

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